A Jam Band Summer In Denver
If you’re a jam band fanatic, Denver is the place to be this summer, with must-see concerts from Phish, The String Cheese Incident, Blues Traveler, The Avett Brothers and many more.
Of course, the scene is nothing new here. Ever since The Grateful Dead (the original jam band) started playing the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the late 1970s, the Denver area has been a hotspot for great music and great times. This summer in The Mile High City is shaping up to be one long, strange — and fun — trip.
JAM BAND LEGENDS
Catch some of the biggest names in the jam band world under the sun and stars in Denver.
WHEN: September 2–4, 2016
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Denver's Dick's Sporting Goods Park has got one of the most popular jam bands in the world for three nights this summer. Phish has earned a wildly devoted following over the past 20 years, thanks to the guitar heroics of Trey Anastasio, an always-unpredictable live show and unparalleled instrumental interplay.
GREAT MUSIC, GREAT TIMES
Even more fantastic shows to check out this summer.
Railroad Earth with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Anders Osborne
WHEN: September 16, 2016
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The members of Railroad Earth aren't losing any sleep about what "kind" of music they play — they just play it. And they play it amazingly well, bringing a bluegrass feel to the jam-band style. Don't miss 'em at Red Rocks!
WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: Various locations
Not as good as the real thing — but close! Shakedown Street is one of the world's best Grateful Dead tribute bands and they call the Rocky Mountain Front Range home. You can find them jamming the night away at various venues throughout the area all summer long.
Jam Band Hot Spots to Visit While You're In Town
If you're visiting Denver for shows this summer, don't miss out on these places to eat, drink and jam out.
Quixote's True Blue & Sancho's Broken Arrow
Quixote's True Blue and Sancho's Broken Arrow, two sister clubs, are ground zero for the city's jam band scene — warm, friendly spots that feature great live music virtually every night of the week. Check their respective calendars for more info.
Vine Street Pub & Brewery
Vine Street Pub & Brewery, one of the grooviest additions to Denver's microbrewery scene, is all about the Grateful Dead on the sound system, juicy burgers (or veggie burgers) and a dedication to lovingly crafted beer.
My Brother's Bar
The forefathers of the jam band movement were the Beat Generation, and My Brother's Bar is a Mile High City institution known for its Beat Generation clientele. This watering hole was the bar of choice for renowned Beats like Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady in the 1950s. Today, not much has changed at My Brother's — you can still get a pint and a burger for under $10 and enjoy one of the city's coolest spots.